John has more than 35 years of advisory experience in strategic procurement and supply chain management, including senior positions with McDonnell Douglas and A.T. Kearney before co-founding ProcureAbility in 1996 (formerly Denali Group).
John has led large programs related to procurement transformation, strategic sourcing and category management, supplier development and procurement organizational design, and has advised a wide range of Global 1000 companies across the U.S., Europe, and Asia/Pacific. John has presented on dozens of procurement topics at national and international procurement conferences and webinars, including SIG, USMA, ProcureCon, Platts, Art of Procurement, and ISM.
John has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Pepperdine University and was named as a Pros to Know by Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine. John enjoys spending time with his family, global travel, anything outdoors, cooking, and exercise. John splits his time between his home on Amelia Island, FL and Europe.
As CEO of ProcureAbility, Conrad focuses on client success, employee engagement and culture, and product innovation. Conrad has more than 25 years of experience in strategic procurement and supply chain management. He has deep experience in launching and managing programs focused on strategy design, procurement transformation, category management, strategic sourcing, supplier development, and organizational sustainability.
Conrad has consulted with numerous Fortune 1000 companies in a variety of industries including oil and gas, utilities, technology, banking and insurance, hospitality, and healthcare. Conrad is on the Board of Directors of both the Utility Supply Management Alliance (USMA), and the Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) and is a frequently requested presenter at national supply chain conferences such as USMA, UPMG, Platts, SIG, WEI, and APPA. He previously worked in strategic procurement as a consultant with Kearney.
Conrad holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Washington. A retired sponsored athlete and aspiring ski-mountaineer, he spends his free time adventuring in the outdoors with his wife and their young son.
Darshan has extensive global operations and delivery experience in the managed services and advisory fields. He has deep expertise in building global programs focused on procurement, strategic sourcing, category management, and supply chain/procurement transformation.
Prior to joining ProcureAbility, Darshan spent most of his career building large-scale, global delivery operations. He spent a decade in a series of global leadership positions in IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain organization and then joined Denali Sourcing Services as operations leader and was instrumental in establishing and growing the company’s global delivery capability. After Denali’s acquisition integration with WNS, Darshan transitioned to tech start-ups, OpenGov and Icertis, where he built their global professional services and customer success organizations. Darshan has worked with global clients in high-tech, financial services, manufacturing, retail, utilities, and healthcare/pharma.
Darshan holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, a graduate degree in supply chain from Penn State, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He loves international travel, movies, and everything food, and divides his time between Seattle and Palm Springs.
Lauren has more than 20 years of procurement experience across sales, account management, client, and people operations within both managed services and consulting. With her results-oriented mindset, strategy-focused leadership and people management, she has most recently built and scaled consistent delivery methodologies and strong people cultures at various US and Global delivery centers. Lauren is passionate about people and process and has implemented numerous successful programs focused on employee engagement, development, and retention ensuring organizations effectively and efficiently reach their goals.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and was named a Pros-to-Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive. Lauren is an avid reader and lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband Patrick and their four children, Dillon, Quinn, Regan, and Sheridan, for whom she prides herself in cheering the loudest at all school activities.
Joe has more than 12 years of advisory and consulting experience centered on strategic procurement and large-scale transformations. He has deep experience in launching and executing programs focused on strategic sourcing, supply chain, procurement strategy, organizational design, and transformations.
Earlier in his career, Joe was an Air Force pilot before joining A.T. Kearney in their consumer practice. He has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, including utilities, CPGs, grocery, retail, telecom, apparel, food and beverage, and government.
Joe holds a B.S. degree in Physics from the United States Air Force Academy and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He enjoys boating, hiking, and spending time in the outdoors.
Kathleen has over 20 years of experience marketing to a wide array of industries including asset management, banking and capital markets, consumer goods, real estate, and insurance. She is passionate about driving value through strategic marketing, creatively and effectively communicating, and developing talent and mentoring.
Prior to joining ProcureAbility, Kathleen served as Deloitte’s US Investment Management Marketing Leader, and previously led Marketing for Pershing’s Broker-Dealer, Prime Brokerage, and Trading Services practices. She also has experience as a dispute analysis and investigation consultant and business interruption negotiator.
Kathleen holds a B.S. in Accounting from Penn State and a dual M.B.A. in Marketing, and Communications and Media Management from Fordham University. She was recognized by Consulting Magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting Awards in the category of Mentor of the Year. Kathleen loves traveling, snowboarding, and Pilates, and lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband and their two children.
Jake is an accomplished procurement and operations leader with more than 15 years of strategic consulting experience.
His areas of focus include strategic sourcing, category management, supplier negotiations, organization design, pre/post-merger integration, executive stakeholder engagement and end-to-end procurement transformations. Jake applies analytic and data-driven methods to help clients assess opportunities and to realize benefits. Prior to ProcureAbility, Jake worked in A.T. Kearney’s Procurement Practice with clients across numerous industries including industrial manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, technology, financial services and government. He’s still looking for a client in Antarctica to check off all the continents.
Jake holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Marketing from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Warren has extensive expertise in strategic sourcing, procurement operations, supplier management, and procurement workforce development. He has managed large, complex initiatives for clients in multiple industries including consumer products, life sciences, manufacturing, financial services, retail, and utilities. Prior to joining ProcureAbility, Warren worked for the consulting firms A.T. Kearney and AlixPartners, as well as QBE, a global insurance company.
Warren’s client engagement experience includes advising a global consumer products company on strategic sourcing initiatives that enabled the achievement of aggressive financial targets, supporting a life science company with the divestiture of a major operating company, and helping a global insurance company improve its performance through efforts such as the development of new outsourcing models. Warren believes that when partnering with clients to achieve their goals, it is important to focus on changes required with supplier partnerships, corporate operations, and the workforce.
Warren earned a BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Since joining ProcureAbility in 2014, Seraj’s mission has been to create an environment that cultivates passion in those around him. By listening, supporting, and empowering others, his teams maintain a reputation of dependable execution, innovation, and excellence in everything they do.
Within procurement, Seraj possesses over 10 years of experience in sourcing execution and category management, including the development of category-specific tools, policies, and change management accelerators for Fortune 1000 organizations. He is a subject matter expert in the design of service delivery programs that emphasize customer-centricity and value realization through the source-to-contract lifecycle. His role is to anchor strategic accounts and counsel his clients and project teams with an on-demand perspective on projects, opportunities, and best practices.
Seraj’s cross-industry experience is rooted in regulated environments, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy, and utilities.
Seraj began his career as a Supply Chain Management Analyst at Cleveland Clinic and holds a B.S. degree in business from The Ohio State University. In his free time, you can catch Seraj traveling, indulging in spicy foods, and tackling his next DIY project.
Carlos has nearly 20 years of international experience in consulting, business process management (BPM), procurement, and supply chain. He has expertise in procurement organization transformation, category management, strategic sourcing, procurement operations, and delivery teams’ development.
Carlos has worked in high-tech manufacturing, CPG, hospitality, retail, telecommunications, automotive, utilities, and social-media industries. He started his career at UM Motorcycles building their Global Procurement and Supply Chain Finance capabilities. Later he founded CPG, a boutique consulting firm based in Shanghai, specializing in strategic sourcing out of Asia. After returning to the US, Carlos joined Denali Sourcing Services where he spent 8 years delivering global procurement services to Fortune 1000 organizations and was a member of the integration team after the WNS acquisition. Before joining ProcureAbility he led Unify Consulting’s Delivery Centers’ expansion.
Carlos has lived on five continents allowing him to adapt and learn from diverse cultures and ways of doing things. He is bilingual in Spanish and English and continues to hone his Mandarin skills. Carlos holds a B.A. in International Economics and an M.S. in Finance from Florida International University.
Carlos, wife, and two daughters live in the Seattle area. They enjoy the outdoors, traveling to new places, and discovering new local flavours.
With more than 15 years of experience collaborating with her clients and project teams, Kristen brings a breadth of experience and know-how to clients and procurement organizations. Throughout her career, she has supported various industries including utilities, government contractors, pharmaceuticals, and gaming.
Kristen started her career with Accenture’s Supply Chain Strategy practice, then led an energy company’s IT Supply Chain department before returning to procurement consulting with ProcureAbility. Kristen’s advisory expertise and real-world experience allow her to identify opportunities that deliver sustainable transformations and bottom-line savings to her clients.
Kristen holds a B.S. degree in Business Logistics from Penn State University. She was recognized by Consulting Magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting Awards in the category of Excellence in Leadership. Kristen and her family live in Maryland, but you can find them in Bethany Beach, Delaware throughout the summer and any other free weekend playing golf, spending time at the beach and on the water, and enjoying good meals with family and friends.
Ani has over 18 years of experience helping organizations solve their procurement, strategic sourcing, and supply chain challenges. He has led and supported managed services and consulting engagements for several Fortune 500 and Government clients. Ani combines data- driven analytical thinking with a people-focused mindset to analyze business problems and develop solutions for his clients.
Ani’s areas of expertise include source-to-contract program leadership, strategic sourcing, negotiations, spend analytics, opportunity assessments, procurement center of excellence, technology implementations, category management, and procurement transformation efforts. His industry experience includes telecom, high-tech, retail (food and beverage), consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, and US Federal Government.
Ani holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Bangalore Institute of Technology, India and an MBA from University of Maryland, College Park. He lives in the Seattle metropolitan area with his wife and son. He enjoys spending time with his son doing both outdoor and indoor activities including biking, hiking, and playing chess and other board games.
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